Not only are these amazing treehouse apartments in Turin, Italy incredibly cool, but they will protect its residents from noise and pollution.
The apartment building, designed by architect Luciano Pia, is called 25 Verde (which translates to “25 Green”). Standing five stories high with 63 rooms, the innovative building looks like a giant, verdant forest oasis.
Pia integrated about 150 trees into 25 Verde’s eco-friendly design (40 in the courtyard alone), which means less pollution and less noise for residents. The trees absorb harmful toxins put into the air by street cars and even create a “microclimate” during the seasons — making the apartments cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter. Even the walls “breathe” at 25 Verde, as ventilated walls allow sunlight to stream in during the day time. Tree foliage provides protection from the sun when it gets too harsh. Each species of plant has been chosen purposefully from deciduous plant life in Turin to provide the highest variety of color, foliage, and blooming.
According to the architect, the trees produce 150,000 liters of oxygen each hour, while absorbing 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour at night. On top of reducing air pollution for the neighborhood, the trees also provide an aesthetically pleasing barrier against the noise of the outside world.
In addition, rainwater is also recycled for watering the building’s greenery.
It definitely captures a childlike imagination and is a true example of green, environmentally-friendly design.